367 Tasting Notes

86

I’ve finally broken into more of the “sampler order” I made with Life In Teacup and am so happy that I did! I was really having trouble putting into words how this tastes – the closest that I could get was “you definitely know that you’re drinking plant water.” But that sounds bad, and this is anything BUT bad. I really think the other reviews do a better job of breaking down the aroma/flavor of this tea. And when I read “marshmallow” I had a “EUREKA!” moment of finally being able to nail down the aftertaste. Sort of like a marshmallow that’s been over a campfire (but just barely). I may have to order more of this! NE (would be TG, but I want to spend more time with this one with better steeping parameters than I have here at work).

Stephanie

lol @ “plant water”! You’re right, tea is plant water if you think about it. :)

Rabs

Heh – yeah, “vegetable” or some sort of varation on that word might have been nicer, but “plant water” kept sticking in my head. :)

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79
drank Honeybush Mango by Adagio Teas
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Wow — it’s been an insanely wonderful week in Rabslandia (hint: it involves a guy). So, I haven’t been online a whole heck of a lot. But, I have been drinking more tea, and last night this one called out from the depths of my tea cupboard. And lo! It was as good as I remembered. I still get the “suntan lotion” moments with it, but that’s kinda fun in my book. I plan on revisiting this one again soon. NE

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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89

So, it’s my second day-in-a-row to return to this tea, and I think that I figured out why I keep returning for more: it’s like a different cup of tea every time! I mean, the basic “profile” is the same, but depending on what I scoop out it tastes a little different. So today it’s more jasmine, whereas yesterday it was more red bush. I like this aspect a lot. NE

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85

Thoroughly, truly, and utterly enjoyed this tea several times this weekend. I really need to stock up! I am upping my rating a little (from 82) since I find myself craving this. NE

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77

Realized that I needed to reintroduce black tea into my world — especially on freezing cold mornings. Just a nice black tea. I am noticing some more astringency this time around, but it could be because of not having a whole lot of control over the prep of it here at work. Plus I’m only on my second cup. NE

Stephanie

Welcome back, Rabs!!! :)

Rabs

Thank you so much! :) Sorry I was gone for so long!!!!

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89

Decided to mix it up a bit and bring this to work (considering how sick everyone seems to be I thought it might be a nice boost to my system). Several coworkers asked to smell the bag and both said that they liked it. This surprised me since I do find it quite a medicinal fragrance — who knew? I’m thoroughly enjoying this without honey today. NE

KeenTeaThyme

A cuppa sans sugar/sweetener?! Are you feeling all right?! ;)

Rabs

I haven’t posted on here for quite some time, but here’s the dichotomy of me: I LOVE LOVE LOVE sweet things, but I like my teas without anything added. Weird, but true :) So for me to add honey to my tea is somewhat controversial in my mind ;)

ScottTeaMan

Here’s something perhaps more controversial. I LOVE tea! I never drink it when I’m sick (flu). That’s the only time I use to drink it when I was a boy. So I’m glad I grew out of the “tea when sick” phase. Now I enjoy tea (almost) anytime I want! :))

Rabs

I hardly drank tea at all as a tyke, but I have fond memories of my Grandmother drinking Constant Comment. Even now I go through phases of feeling rather ambivalent about tea (usually summers). But when I’m in a tea phase – woah!

ScottTeaMan

When I got a little older I drank tea with my Grandfather….fond memories!

KeenTeaThyme

I usually don’t add, either – just teasing a fellow (sugar) addict. I do add to spicier teas (I think it brings out the flavor) and tarter teas, to balance the hibiscus-ness.

ScottTeaMan

I’m not all that Keen on hibiscus. :))

Rabs

I’ve only tried a hibiscus-ey tea once. I looked like a toddler who tried his/her first bite of a pickle. ::shudder BLECH:: ;) And I totally did the spoonful of sugar last night. Ugh. I think I’m craving Christmas Cookies.

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92
drank Princess Blend by 52teas
367 tasting notes

I’ve had this tea for awhile and gotta say that it truly is amazing iced. And that’s the only way that I’ve drank it — until last night. I have a horrible, horrible sweet tooth (yes, I’ve stood over the sink and poured a spoonfull of sugar and ate it — and then poured another. That should give you an idea of my sense of sugar depravity). So, I was having a massive craving last night and thought “hey, I should totally try this hot.” And you know what? I loved it hot too! And it saved me a ton of calories. So, bless you Frank, for this tea. There are non-children out there who absolutely love it :D

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170 °F / 76 °C 5 min, 0 sec
KeenTeaThyme

Um, glad to meet a fellow addict. I eat sugar regularly…sugar crystals are a great snack. Just make sure to floss and brush your teeth regularly to avoid the Dentist’s Lecture. ;)

Rabs

Oh yeah, I totally make sure to take care of my teeth (the dentist has no clue about my issues). ;D

KeenTeaThyme

Mine either. Yay for being stealthy! ;)

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100

Yeppers — this was my tea of the day. I had a wonderful (if not whirlwind) Thanksgiving in Kansas City where there was a distinct lack of tea. The short turnaround made it not worth bringing all my tea-making items with me. So, these truly are the first cups I’ve had in ::mumble-mumble:: days. I checked Life In Teacup last week and they said that this tea is out of stock and should be back in by the end of November (and then they go on their haitus) – so I really need to keep an eye on their site. I don’t know why, but I had been treating this tea like something crazy-sacred instead of just enjoying it. I’m over it now, but realizing how much faster I go through the packets! TG

Oh, and yeah — I sorta broke my “no new tea until I drink some of my cupboard down” and ordered the Fortnum set from Williams-Sonoma (backordered until the end of next month!). So that gives me a month to do some sip-downs. Heh. And yeah, if you happened to notice — I’ll be breaking my “no new tea” rule for this tea as well. Double-heh.

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100

Oh, my favoritest favorite tea — even with the sub-par brewing abilities at work, your nomminess shines through! I shall be steeping these leaves until the library closes tonight. ::contented sigh::

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89

Last night I discovered a whole stash of tea that I’d forgotten about post-move. My new place has three kitchen cabinets dedicated to being my “tea cupboard.” I LOVE having space for my tea!!!!! Two of the cabinets are for tea alone and the third is for all the utensils/pots that aren’t on my counter :)

So I about fell over when I discovered two decorative boxes filled with teas pushed back to the back of my pantry. One contained nothing but my last Georgia Tea Company order still in their original bags — so I was very nervous about how well they’ve held up over time. Turns out this one handled it quite well!

I grabbed this one because I’m still trying to get over this nasty head cold and hey, it’s full of good stuff for me. I also did something that I hardly ever do, and I added honey to my tea (trying to help with the throat). Turns out it’s a very beneficial addition! It sort of brings out all the more fruity tastes within this very medicinal blend – so me likey. I may continue adding honey to this even post feeling-pookie. NE

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Proud all-around nerd, designer, fibromyalgia manager, and Assistant Library Director/Creative Director.

After being a barista for almost a decade it wasn’t until 2010 that I discovered loose leaf tea. Now I’m hooked.

I’m quite loose when it comes to tea prep. I also ended up using Steepster to find my “daily” teas which I have – and so don’t rate as many as I used to. And am not active here any more (because y’all would get tired of me drinking the same teas every single day – day in and day out).

There’s really nothing remarkable or noteworthy of how I rate teas. I do take it a tiny further step to help clarify the muddled middle grounds for myself. TG is a definite repurchase. Anything below that is less and less likely.

TG=Teagasm
NE=Nice Enough
M=Meh
GA=Gods-Awful

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